New England Patriots

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A video board displays the text "THE PICK IS IN" for the Carolina Panthers during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

If the Patriots want to trade up in the 2021 NFL Draft, it looks like they’ll have options. As the dust settles from blockbuster deals made over the last few weeks, teams are starting to react and put their picks on the trade block.

The latest team to field calls for their top-10 pick is the Panthers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Carolina was originally expected to be in the running for one of the five projected first-round quarterbacks, but now have apparently changed course after trading for Sam Darnold earlier this month.

With the first three picks virtually locks to be quarterbacks, the fight for the final two arms is expected to be aggressive. The eighth pick could end up being the final chance to take one of the five, but the Patriots should have solid positioning in any trade negotiations. Of the teams expected to move up for a QB, only the Denver Broncos can offer a higher first-overall pick this year (ninth).

Carolina isn’t the only team exploring a trade out of the top 10. Tuesday morning, Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said in an interview that the team is ‘taking calls’ regarding their 10th overall pick.

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